Dr. Ida Taghavi is a postdoctoral clinical psychologist who provides short- and long-term psychotherapy to individuals of all ages. She specializes in issues related to trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, self-destructive and addictive behaviors, chronic shame and self-criticism, relationship and identity challenges, and life adjustments and transitions.
As a person-centered, integrative, and holistic therapist, Dr. Taghavi’s treatment approach draws from psychodynamic psychotherapy to help clients develop insight and awareness, and from third-wave cognitive behavioral models (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Dialectical Behavior Therapy) to translate insights into meaningful action in the here and now by developing skills to interrupt maladaptive patterns of coping. She also incorporates Mindfulness-Based and Mind-Body Interventions from Western positive psychology and its roots in Eastern contemplative traditions to facilitate deeper self-awareness, acceptance, and compassion, as well as mental and physical integration conducive to sustainable change. She believes that clients deserve not only to experience a reduction in their symptoms, but to live their lives with vitality and in authentic connection with themselves and their communities. Cultural sensitivity is essential to her clinical practice as she values sociocultural diversity and recognizes its impact on psychological experience, and is deeply committed to social justice.
Dr. Taghavi earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, along with her M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate of College and University Teaching. She has also completed graduate coursework in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Mind, Body, and Spirituality at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her doctoral research and grant-funded dissertation examined the impact of mindfulness and yoga on individuals with traumatic and adverse life experiences, which was inspired by her own contemplative practices as a student and Certified Yoga Instructor. She completed her predoctoral internship at New York University School of Medicine – Bellevue Hospital Center, where she received extensive training in treating trauma-related disorders and severe mental illness across a culturally diverse population. Her previous clinical experience includes individual, group, and family psychotherapy and psychological assessment for adults, adolescents, and children in inpatient and outpatient hospital, college counseling, and community mental health settings.